Next October, researchers and educators from around the world will descend on Minneapolis for the sixth international conference on immersion and dual language education. We’re excited to to announce that the add.a.lingua team will be leading a number of pre-conference workshops (more details to come on that), and we’ll be accompanied by one of our aalpa lead learner teachers who will receive an all expenses paid trip to the conference.
For those interested in attending the conference or learning more about the presenters and workshops, you’ll find details from CARLA below. We hope to see you next fall as the land of 10,000 lakes once again becomes the land of 10,000 languages…or thereabouts.
Sixth International Conference on Immersion and Dual Language Education
Connecting Research and Practice Across Contexts
October 20–22, 2016 Hyatt Regency Hotel Minneapolis, MN, USA
Immersion and dual language education continue to evolve as highly effective program models for launching students on the road to bi- and multilingualism and intercultural competence. This conference welcomes proposals on school-based immersion, bilingual, and dual language programs that involve a minimum of 50% subject-matter schooling through a second, world, heritage, or indigenous language at the preschool and elementary levels (preK–5/6). Secondary or post-secondary continuation programs for elementary immersion/dual language graduates include a minimum of two subject courses.
- One-way world/foreign language immersion
- Two-way bilingual immersion
- One-way developmental bilingual education
- Indigenous/heritage immersion for language and culture revitalization
While each model targets distinct sociocultural contexts and educational needs, all embrace language, literacy, and culture development through subject-matter learning with a high degree of language intensity. The sixth international conference on immersion and dual language education will bring these models together to engage in research-informed dialogue and professional exchange across languages, levels, learner audiences, and contexts.
- Ellen Bialystok, York University, Toronto, Canada
- Patricia C. Gándara, University of California – Los Angeles, USA
- Tina M. Hickey, University College Dublin, Ireland
- Patsy Lightbown, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
- Teresa L. McCarty, University of California – Los Angeles, USA